Behind every successful woman lies a tale of self-reliance, persistence, and the joy of following one’s heart. Founded in 2002 by Alex Beauchamp of Girl at Play, Another Girl at Play was created to share the personal, insightful, and deeply honest stories of female creative entrepreneurs from around the world.
Answering the same set of questions, each artist shares their unique experiences and wisdom on how they made their creative dream real. Understanding the importance of sharing information and taking the mystery out of living creatively, each artist donated their time to write about their artful career – answering questions from how they began to how they deal with the frustrations of being a creative entrepreneur.
Another Girl at Play not only shares the empowering stories of smart, artistic and unstoppable women but also wonderful links, useful resources and encouraging newsletters to help you either begin – or continue on – your creative path.
To be featured, each woman must be working full-time as a self-employed woman in a creative field and have a financial viable business.
In 2001 Alex Beauchamp (left) launched Girl at Play, a personal blog site that chronicled her journey from the corporate world to freelance writer/artist. The name came from the quote “What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your earthly pursuits.” Her almost daily writing and transparent details of what it really took to leave a steady, successful, day job for the unknown was enthusiastically received by thousands of people each day. Realizing that there was a need for more stories like hers to be shared online, she called on her other creatively self-employed friends to help her create a new site in which more stories of successful, creative, self-employed women would be told.
In 2002, Another Girl at Play was launched at first with just a handful of female entrepreneurial stories (there wasn’t that many people online, period, yet alone creative female entrepreneurs). Claire Robertson was one of the first and also donated her services to create Another Girl at Plays first logo (right)! But as the readership and participation in the web grew, so did the number ofAnother Girl at Play participants. By the end of the year it had over twenty creative entrepreneur stories and a readership of over 15K per day.
In 2003, Another Girl at Play was nominated for a SXSW Web Award, along side 4 other companies like Nike! This was a huge accomplishment as all other nominees were companies with marketing, creative and development teams. Another Girl at Play was built by one person with basic HTML skills! The amazing thing about this nomination was that it was truly felt but the site’s community – they raised $2500 to send the founder, Alex Beauchamp and one artist, Andrea Scher, to Austin Texas to be part of the the web award show. And although the site did not win the web award, it won something else – community.
In 2004 a community mailing list was set up so that like-minded women who were either beginning on their creative path or who had been self-employed for years could share information, resources, tips and simply connect. The web was still relatively new and online resources hard to find. This was a step to bridge the gap.
By 2006 the site had grown to almost 30 artists. There were talks of a book being written and ad companies wanted o sell space on the site but Alex felt strongly that the site, as simple as it was, was all that it needed to be. It continued to receive thousands of visits per day without marketing or promotion because the featured women and their stories were universal and evergreen – they didn’t need to be more than what they were. It was at this time Alex decided against turning Another Girl at Play into a for-profit venture.
In 2007, a group of women from the site joined forces to speak at a SXSW panel entitled, “The Boss of You.” Alex Beauchamp, Emira Mears, Jenny Hart and Lauren Bacon shared their knowledge and personal experiences of being self-employed. You can listen to the presentation on YouTube.
In 2008, Alex made a decision to no longer do the monthly newsletters or to accept new artists until she not only could devote more time to the site, but find a way to reinvigorate it. And so the site stopped updating although the number of new visits did not thanks to years of word of mouth and Google!
2013 is here and things are a’changing! The first? Another Girl at Play is updating all it’s profiles, resources and content. So things might be missing or look funky. Don’t worry – it’ll all get back to normal. You can always subscribe to the newsletter for updates.
- Three “Girls Got Gumption” artists (Jenny Hart, Lauren & Emira), and site founder Alex Beauchamp) created and spoke on a panel called “Boss Lady” at the 2007 SXSW Interactive. Listen on YouTube.
- A great write up on us on Blogher.
- A SXSWi 2003 Web Award Finalist.
- Bust Magazine’s Link of the Week.
- Featured on Seventeen Magazine’s Web site.
- “Link of the Week” by the National Association of Women Writers.
- Featured in The Intelligencer Newspaper’s “Life” section on May 05, 2003.
- “Yahoo Pick of the Day.”
- Around Maine (a division of Time Warner Cable) chose us as Site of the Day!
- Featured on Indie Entrepreneur.
- Bust Magazine mentions us in their December 2003 article, Mind your own Business.
- Dreamhost chose Another Girl at Play as site of the month! Monday, August 19, 2002
Below are a list of people who have kindly donated and chosen to support the site and its ideas:
- Adam Swansen
- Aimee Maxwell
- Amanda De Vuono, Tango Moon
- Andi Brofft, Udandi
- Annette Young
- Amy, Janis & Julie, Life Space
- Artitude Magazine
- Athena Fotiadis
- Candace Huber
- Carla Blazek, Zena Moon
- Carolyn Koesters, Word Catcher
- Caroline Squires
- Catherine Slye
- Cathy Peng
- Cecily Johnson
- Chris Franchetti, Chetti Designs
- Christina Lopp, Kapiolani Design
- Cindy Witt
- Debra Quartermain, Home Spun Treasures Designs
- Elizabeth Vestal
- Erin Tarica
- Faith Evans-Sills
- Hazelnut Cottage
- Heather Kraty, Island Cowgirl Jewelry
- Heather Robertson
- Heidi Heleniak
- Jennifer Peterson
- Jim Derk
- Johanna Lundstrom
- Julie Howard, CTWriter
- Karen Amore-Mueller
- Kate Swoboda
- Katherine Dunn
- Knitters Review
- Kristy Tudryn, Bath Bakery
- Lori Kozey
- Laura Snazel
- Linda Tomasello
- Lorissa, Apparently Nothing.
- Marne Cales, Hey Lucy
- Marimelle Pascual-Pennington
- Marrije Schaake
- Mary Adams
- Megan Reardon
- Melanie Mauer, Melanie Mauer Photography
- Melinda Gillcrist
- Melissa A. Robinson, Flying Girl
- National Association of Women Writers
- Patricia Hill
- Poppy Adams, Groovy Glass Girl
- Renee’ Mixon
- Ruth Podjasek
- Sandi Moran
- Sarah Freehill, Accolades Art
- Sarah Thompson
- Sharice Grigorian
- Stephanie Yau
- Tasha Moss
- Tera Leigh, Tera Leigh Designs
- Trisha Shanks, Solemates
- Victoria Avila
- Willo O’Brien, Willotoons